About the Author
Raymond Howgego is an independent researcher, scholar and traveller, who has been researching the history of exploration for much of his adult life. His travels have followed in the footsteps of the explorers to many remote parts of the world - the Middle East, Central Asia, India, West Africa, South America, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, China, Tibet, Australia, New Zealand and various oceanic islands. His numerous excursions in search of local sources of information, the latest of which took him to the desert cities of Turkmenistan, have afforded the opportunity to add to a lifetime's accumulation of travel literature. In addition to his work on the Encyclopedia, a project that has spanned some twenty years and has resulted in his acknowledgement as one of the world's leading experts on the history of exploration, he has published the popular Book of Exploration and a biography of the traveller Gertrude Benham. He was consultant editor of The Illustrated Atlas of Exploration and has contributed articles on 'missing explorers' to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He has functioned as consultant for several television documentaries, he writes book reviews for leading journals, and has lectured on the subject of invented and imaginary travellers' tales. Ray is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an honorary member of the Travellers Club, and an honorary officer of the Hakluyt Society, editing the Journal of the Hakluyt Society, writing and maintaining the society's website, and sometimes preparing its books for publication. Born in London in 1946, he lives with his wife Pat in Caterham, Surrey.